Custom Project Editor

Custom Project Editor

The project editor will work on the Cognella Custom team to manage custom course materials, custom textbooks, and course readers in both print and digital formats. The project editor must be sales-driven and highly organized: responsible for “closing the deal” on sales and for managing all materials through publication.

Their primary job responsibility will be to create, build, and maintain strong relationships with new and existing clients through phone and email within an assigned, multi-state territory.

This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills, an ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide variety of people internally and externally, and exceptional organizational skills with an ability to prioritize daily operations.


Inside Sales

  • Responsible for growing own territory and meeting sales goals
  • Monitor email and phone calls from customer leads through marketing campaigns
  • Maintain pipeline of opportunities by sales period
  • Proactively consult with prospective and existing clients regarding course material needs
  • Negotiate pricing, help find content to meet clients’ academic needs within price requirements
  • Meet or exceed sales goals against revenue and gross margin

Project Management

  • Ensure manuscripts and other materials are delivered on deadline
  • Consult with clients on project needs and options, and efficiently communicate project scope and expectations to the production team
  • Maintain regular, clear communication with clients regarding deadlines, timelines, pricing, and progress
  • Manage all materials required from acceptance to publication
  • Review projects to ensure they are completed accurately and on time
  • Coordinate estimates, custom cover designs, proofs, and distribution with internal staff
  • Use reports tracking term-to-term customer retention and growth to forecast production needs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional demeanor with superior communication skills; you must be a great conversationalist with an ability to “talk content” and be a peer with college professors
  • Proven ability to build, grow and manage successful client relationships
  • Exceptional organizational skills with ability to prioritize daily operations in order to meet deadlines, ensure efficient workflow, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must be a team player willing to help others and foster cohesive relationships

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with editorial processes and higher-education content
  • Experience with customer relationship management or sales management software

Reports to: Director of Operations

Status: Full-Time, Non-exempt

Start date: Immediate

Location: All Cognella employees will be working remotely through at least the end of 2020. We plan to return to our office in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, California, when it is safe to do so, but permanently remote applicants will be considered. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Compensation: Competitive salary, bonus, and benefits package (health, vision, dental, anniversary, wellness, generous vacation, holiday, and sick time, and 401K matching plan).

To apply: For consideration, please e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and compensation expectations to All submissions will be held in confidence.


About Cognella:

Cognella® is redefining academic publishing by creating teacher-driven, student-centric higher education course materials in print and digital formats under three imprints: Cognella® Academic Publishing, Cognella® Custom, and Cognella® Active Learning. Cognella also publishes engaging nonfiction titles featuring modern perspectives as Cognella® Press. Learn more at

Cognella was recently awarded a 2020 Top Workplaces designation by the San Diego Union-Tribune. We’re proud to offer Cognella team members a work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and the opportunity to contribute significantly toward the goals of the company.

Cognella, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.